Master multi-tasker, Dr. Lisa Leland (Candice Cameron Bure) is a successful surgeon on her way across country to launch a new practice with her equally brilliant doctor boyfriend. Along the way, her trip goes off course when she has a run-in with a small town cop and is subsequently sentenced to community service in Normal, NC. Stuck in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception, wifi or even credit card access, Leland does her time by filling in for the town’s ailing doctor, and begins to discover that a normal life may just be what she is looking for.
This is a wonderful film with the message that “It’s not about making a living but making a life.” Dr. Lisa Leland learns this lesson when she speeds through Normal, Tennessee, and the officer checks her license to learn that she has ignored 23 parking tickets! She owes $2000 but the local judge, just in from fishing, gives her a break and allows her to do 24 hours of community service instead. The judge also happens to be the local pastor as well as doctor. In fact, he is called “Doc” by the community. He sees in Lisa a possible successor. But Lisa is headed for Long Island, New York, and has been seeing a doctor. Still, when she meets a local man named Lucas Craig, in spite of them bumping heads at first, she finds herself attracted to him.
This inspiring movie is about following one’s heart and enjoying the simple things in life, in other words making a life and not just a living. Candace Cameron Bure and Trevor St. John are terrific as Lisa and Lucas. We are pleased to award our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal and five Doves, our best rating, to this film.